World economy

Five Ways Black Friday Shopping Will Be Different In 2020

In 2020, people in the UK will spend an estimated £6 Bn on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, compared to around £5.6 Bn in 2019. However, with restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are many ways that 2020 will look very different to both retailers and consumers. Retailers are trying to manage the shift from shopping in-store to online that has increased during the pandemic. By flattening the curve of the peak of online orders on Black Friday and at the beginning of December for Christmas, retailers are trying to encourage consumers start buying earlier and throughout this period.

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Ant Group: Jack Ma’s Biggest Market Debut Suspended Amid Fears Over Regulation

Daniel Broby via The Conversation | In a surprise last minute decision, the flagship stock exchange listing of Ant Group was suspended by regulators in China and Hong Kong. The Chinese tech giant, backed by Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma, was to be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history. The suspension puts in doubt the future of the US$34.4 billion share sale, part of the US$313 billion dual listing of this giant financial technology (fintech) payments company.